October is proving so busy. I'm happy today to be sitting at home by my fire and wearing a sweater! My first sweater outing of the season so far. This week the weather turned suddenly cold and wet and an damp chill hung all over. I dug out my boots today and am making chili tonight. I think the family will all cozy up by the fire and play a board game or watch a funny show. How I love Fridays!
Love the simplicity of the white brick + orange + yellow on my mantle.
This week I had a few friends over for a gathering and was stressing about my home. In all, a good thing because it got me in gear to get my house pulled together for Fall. I made a few new purchases, moved things around and did some deep cleaning. ( Yes popcorn is gone from under the couch cushions now!) Those dead plants and wall scuffs probably aren't even noticed, but it's all I focus on which is stupid.
I also hung up those pictures I had leaning on things. I guess you could say I have a hard time committing! Realizing people may be seeing my house in the warehouse mode, I grabbed a bunch of nails and started hammering items up. The thought just makes my husband shudder. Let me be clear, those 3M sticker deals ( guess whose idea) do not hold up art or baskets with plants. We learned first hand the other night when it sounded like the roof caved in. I was just about asleep. Going to bed, take two. The next day, I brought out the big guns ( large nails- yikes) and holes were made people!
The results, below are a few new items and bits added to the home. Funny thing is, I have a lot of black and orange and thus, hello Halloween! I don't know how that happened, but I'm capitalizing on it now by adding pumpkins of all colors and sizes. I'll tone it down later...Or as Tim Gunn would say, "Make it work." Okay here goes...
The ivy in this pot just kicked it so Jack Be Littles work well instead. I can keep this for Thanksgiving too and add acorns, leaves and twigs perhaps?
Black has a way of making things look a bit sharper. I needed some and this Pottery Barn rug was the answer. I'm loving it in this formerly drab space.
Just in case you were wondering, it's been cat-approved. They couldn't wait to experience it of course. Now our chunky boy, Hobbes can camouflage! This is their Awning Stripe rug and it's wool dhurrie. Very soft and on sale right now...
Just found this for my dining room wall. This color works nicely with the paint in there to brighten it up.
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This is my version. What do you think? I'm trying to write a quote daily and reminders on the bottom for school, etc. Was easy to do and I used the Home Depot chalkboard paint.
A few additions to my living room...
This tray was too fun to pass up for seven dollars! Found this at Beverly's craft of all places. I brought my son there to get supplies for a school project and spied this on their Halloween display.
Some of my favorite books look good at this time of year with the right accessories. Vintage books just have that spooky house vibe. Nature-inspired tomes are even better!
This frame I just found and love too...
Also added a ivy to my dining room wall below. Ivy with tortoise shell, like this frame, always looks so rich together. The frame is a gift given to me long ago from my dear friend Jen.
I hosted a Della Dress party and designer Andrea kindly brought these gorgeous sunflowers.
With these, my home really says Fall. I just can't decide where I like them best! Thank you Andrea, I will enjoy these for a while I think!
Decorating the porch is the most fun to me. I love seeing a neighborhood with pumpkins on stoops. Aren't the Cinderella ones cute? Trader Joes is my go to for those.
Then I've got to get out my special Halloween bits and bobs.
My boys want to put the cotton webs up this weekend. I'm okay with white webs. I try to wait until it's a bit closer to the actual date. It always seems like we have at least one rain after they are up. Then they look pretty bad all stuck to my bushes. I have one rule- cute decor, no gore. I'm not into graveyard stuff or hanging guys from trees. We usually stick with webs, spiders, pumpkins and a rubber rat or two!
Irritated black cat? Check. (Marlo, who we adopted near Halloween 4 years ago.)
Have you yet or do you even decorate for Halloween?
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Have a cozy weekend everyone!